Santino Fontana is an American-born Italian/Spanish/Portuguese actor who narrated The Hunger Games prequel book The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. He has previously narrated titles such as Stephen King's The Institute, for which he won he won the 2020 Audie award for Best Thriller/Suspense title.
In addition to his work in audiobooks, Fontana is an actor of film, television, and stage. He is known for film roles such as the voice of Prince Hans of the Southern Isles in Disney's Frozen and Rich in the film Impossible Monsters. His television work has included the role of Mozart in the series Mozart in the Jungle and Greg Serrano in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. As a stage actor, he won a Tony Award for his role in the play Tootsie.
Regarding his recording of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Fontana stated that he was surrounded by the security-level for the title. He stated that "I’ve never done anything this top secret in my life, and I was in Frozen! They installed a safe in my apartment and an iPad that had been manipulated so that there was no Wi-Fi. It had nothing else but the book on it. I had to keep the iPad in the safe and tell nobody." He stated further that every e-mail he received regarding the title from author Suzanne Collins contained no details of the story's plot and was simply about character names and pronunciations. He was told "We'll see you in the studio!"
He has not read the original The Hunger Games trilogy, but considers himself a big fan of the movie versions. He was chosen for the role of reading the audiobook by Suzanne Collins's editor David Levithan, who saw him perform in the play Sons of the Prophet and reached out to Fontana's agents.
- Santino Fontana on Twitter
- Santino Fontana on Wikipedia
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- Entertainment Weekly - Santino Fontana teases his recording of The Hunger Games prequel audiobook
- Gans, Andrew (April 8, 2020). Tony Winner Santino Fontana Will Narrate Audio Edition of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Hunger Games Prequel. Playbill. Retrieved on April 10, 2020.
- Santino Fontana teases his recording of The Hunger Games prequel audiobook. Entertainment Weekly (May 18, 2020). Retrieved on May 18, 2020.